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Mar 12, 2019

Justices Gorsuch and Sotomayor Are Fighting for Your Right to a Trial

By |March 12th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

The Sixth Amendment to the US Constitution provides “In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining [...]

Mar 6, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Excessive Fines & Property Seizures

By |March 6th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

On Wednesday, February 20, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled unanimously that states cannot impose excessive fees, fines, or forfeitures as criminal penalties. This decision clarifies that the Eighth Amendment, which prohibits excessive fines, applies to states as well as the federal government. The ability of authorities to seize private property used in a crime – civil asset forfeiture – has become a revenue source for states, as well as a way to [...]

Feb 26, 2019

What Is a Federal DUI?

By |February 26th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

Most drivers who are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics are charged with a state crime. Cases are heard in the county where the offense occurred or where the driver lives. There are some instances though where a driver can be accused of a federal DUI. Filing federal charges requires some federal involvement – typically that the offense occurred on federal property. Maryland has numerous federal roads, including the Baltimore-Washington Parkway [...]

Feb 21, 2019

Baltimore Will No Longer Prosecute Possession of Marijuana Cases

By |February 21st, 2019|Drugs|0 Comments

The Baltimore Sun recently reported that Marilyn Mosby, the city’s state’s attorney, will no longer prosecute people for possessing marijuana, regardless of the amount of or their prior criminal history. Ms. Mosby also is asking the courts to vacate nearly 5,000 convictions for marijuana possession. She said the reason for this move is that she didn’t believe that pursuing convictions for marijuana possession was a way to make the city safer. Her position follows that [...]

Feb 12, 2019

What TV and Film Get Wrong about the Criminal Justice Process

By |February 12th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

If you are the defendant in a criminal case, you may have numerous questions involving the court process and the charges filed against you. To many defendants, interaction with the criminal justice system is brand-new, other than what they have seen over television or in a movie. The reality is very different from the make-believe, and many people think that what they see on TV is what actually happens. We wanted to clear up some [...]

Feb 5, 2019

False Accusations of Shoplifting Are More Common Than You Think

By |February 5th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Retailers face a serious problem when it comes to shoplifting. The costs run into the billions of dollars per year. In order to get this lost money back, many companies have opted for aggressive legal tactics that leverage existing state laws. These efforts utilize questionable tactics to obtain restitution, and even pursue individuals who were never convicted of the shoplifting allegation. One of these companies is Walmart, the world-renowned retail giant. According to a New [...]

Jan 29, 2019

Expungement in Maryland

By |January 29th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Expungement is a process that allows you to petition the court for the removal of specific types of police and court records, shielding them from public view. In the state of Maryland, you can have your records expunged from court files, police files, and Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) files. There is a specific filing process to be followed with each agency. If you qualify for expungement in a particular case, those records will be protected [...]

Jan 21, 2019

Non-Citizens May Have More Rights Than American Citizens

By |January 21st, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Last November, the New York Court of Appeals issued a ruling that may have granted more rights to non-citizens than the State’s laws grant to Americans – namely, that in some cases, a non-citizen may be granted a trial by jury where a U.S. citizen would not. According to the Washington Post, the case involved the rights of Saylor Suazo, an immigrant who had overstayed his visa. Suazo was facing up to six months in [...]

Jan 15, 2019

Baltimore’s Homicide Rate Dips in 2018

By |January 15th, 2019|Criminal|0 Comments

Homicide rates in major cities across the U.S. appear to be on the decline this year after increasing over the last few years, according to a recent New York Times article. The report indicates that by the time statistics are available for the entire year, the murder rate should be about 4 to 5% lower across the nation, compared to 2017. According to the Times report, fewer homicides occur in the U.S. each year when [...]

Jan 8, 2019

Motor Vehicle Administration Hearings After a DWI/DUI Arrest

By |January 8th, 2019|DUI|0 Comments

Drivers who are charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) face many penalties if convicted. They can be sentenced to jail or prison (depending on the type of charge), and be forced to pay substantial penalties and fines. Their insurance rates can increase, or their coverage can be cancelled. They can lose their security clearance, in some cases, too. One extra risk is that you will likely lose your driving privileges [...]

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